Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD., LCPC, MAC, is an internationally known licensed psychotherapist, professional trainer, and author, and the founder and director of Joy Miller & Associates in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Miller is an Illinois state Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Master Addictions Counselor. Additionally, she has been a part-time instructor at Bradley University and was a faculty member and mentor at Walden University's doctoral psychology program.
A leading authority on relationship issues and Holocaust studies, Dr. Miller has participated in more than 150 conferences internationally and has worked with more than 15,000 participants in the past twenty years. Her professional expertise, energy, enthusiasm, and humor have made her speaker in high demand.
In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Miller is the clinical supervisor of the sexual assault department at the Center for the Prevention of Abuse. Dr. Miller is also the promoter and owner of the Women's Lifestyle Show, which celebrates the power of women and currently celebrated its twentieth year. Last year the Women's Lifestyle Show brought more than 14,000 women to the show, making it the largest women's event in Central Illinois for empowering women in all facets of their lives.
Dr. Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harold Hodgkinson Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation, the Harold Baer Award, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Bradley University, the Peg Burke Award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley, Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers, the Peace Award from the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, the YMCA Leadership Award, the 1st annual Outstanding Alumni Award from Walden University as well as numerous others.
A frequently requested expert on nationally syndicated television shows, Dr. Miller has appeared on Sally Jessy Raphael, Oprah Winfrey, Jenny Jones, Montel Williams, and Geraldo Rivera. Her works have been featured in various national magazines and in more than forty newspapers around the country. She was a columnist for the Peoria Times-Observer, writing a weekly mental health column. Dr. Miller hosted her own radio show for five years on a CBS affiliate radio station (WMBD 1470) and had a weekly mental health segment on the local CBS television station (WMBD-31) from 1991Ð2008. In 2009, she joined the "Central Illinois Home Team" by moving to Peoria's number one television station, WEEK-25.
Dr. Miller currently hosts a weekly segment on Live at Five on Wednesdays on the local NBC affiliate, and she has hosted health specials and her own interview segment during the noon news on NBC affiliate WEEK-TV. The Ask Dr. Joy segment on NBC-WEEK25 is extremely popular and focuses on mental health issues, with a special emphasis on a fun-filled, highly anticipated segment on Happiness every other week. She also writes a guest column in Peoria Woman.
Miller is the author of seven published books, which include Following the Yellow Brick Road: The Adult Child's Personal Journey Through Oz; My Holding You Up is Holding Me Back: Over-Responsibility and Shame; Celebrations for Your Inner Child; Addictive Relationships: Reclaiming Your Boundaries; and Love Carried Me Home: Women Surviving Auschwitz, which is an in-depth look at the resilient struggle of sixteen women during the Holocaust. All proceeds from the work are donated to the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. Her latest publications include Cancer: Here's How YOU Can Help ME Cope and Survive, and I Still See Her Haunting Eyes, the story of a hidden child during the Holocaust.
Dr. Miller is active in numerous projects focused at ending prejudice, intolerance, and hatred in the United States, including chairing the Button Project, which created a glass memorial to honor the 11 million victims (6 million Jews and the 5 million "other enemies of the state") of the Holocaust, which was written about in USA Today. This unique Peoria Holocaust Memorial has been viewed by more than 350,000 individuals and continues to honor those who died.
Dr. Miller also has served on numerous central Illinois boards of directors, including the Mental Health Association, Junior League, Center for the Prevention of Abuse, Women's Health Network at Methodist Hospital, Peoria Area Red Cross, Advisory Board of ELH Education Department/Bradley University, and Children's Hospital of Illinois. Miller was named to the national advisory board of the American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She was also the cofounder of Peoria's Teen Crisis Line, which has been served the Peoria Tri-County area for more than twenty-five years. Learn more at www.joymiller.com.
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